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    210 OR 240? Any Opinions

    I am considering picking up a 210mm or 240mm lens for landscapes to add to the 90mm and 135mm lenses that I have at the moment. The lenses that I am considering are a 210 Symmar-S 5.6 or a 240 Symmar-S 5.6 for use on a 4x5 Sinar monorail.

    I was wondering whether anyone has any opinions on the lenses themselves and also whether the 30mm focal length difference makes too much difference in real life usage?

    Any views or opinions are greatly appreciated.

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    Re: 210 OR 240? Any Opinions

    I'd choose the 210, there's too much of a jump from 135 to 240, IMHO. I do not often use my 240 on 4x5, but I use the 210 quite a bit. The lenses are excellent.
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    Re: 210 OR 240? Any Opinions

    Exellent thanks, the 240 was very slightly cheaper but I was leaning towards the 210. Thanks for helping me decide.

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    Re: 210 OR 240? Any Opinions

    A Fujinon 210mm will be cheaper, and I challenge anyone to be able to tell the difference between the 2 lenses.

    These regularly go for around $200 in almost new condition.
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    I thought of 210 as my standard lens for a long time and was quite happy with it, that is,
    until I bought a 250, then liked it even better. Just seems like the most natural perspective
    for me personally, and the lens I reach for the most often when shooting 4x5. Also nice to
    be able to use the same lens on 8x10.

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    Re: 210 OR 240? Any Opinions

    I agree with the others. I'd get the 210mm then look for a 300/305mm later if I needed something longer or a 58/65mm if I needed something shorter.

    58/65mm
    90mm
    135mm
    210mm
    300/305mm

    Very nicely space focal lengths. This is for 4x5, right?

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    Re: 210 OR 240? Any Opinions

    The 210mm symmar will have a Copal #1 shutter. The 240 will be in a much larger copal 3.

    All of this is very personal. If I'm working from the car, then I'll pack a 90, 120, 210, 300, 420, but if I'm going light weight, I'll take a 125mm and a 240mm, the latter being an F9 lens in a Copal 1.
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    Small-shutter lightwt big-coverage 250's (or 240): Fuji 240A, 250 G-Claron, Fuji 250/6.7W,
    Fuji 250/6.3W (not as much coverage as 6.7, but way more than enough for 4X5). There may be others, but these are fairly common. Lots of 210's to choose from, with the Symmar S probably being the most frequent on the used market.

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    Re: 210 OR 240? Any Opinions

    Since you are building a set of lenses for 4x5, and you already have a 90 and a 135, why not add a 180, a 240, and a eventually a 300. Stay with lenses mounted in Copal 0 or Copal 1 shutters.

    You will end up with an evenly spaced 5 lens set that will meet any challenge.

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    Re: 210 OR 240? Any Opinions

    Thanks for the comments, all really helpful. I was also thinking about a 180, but had sort of sold myself on a 210, and thought that a 180 and 210 might be a little too close. The larger coverage of the 240 was tempting however in case I ever traded up to 5x7 or 8x10, but that isn't likely to happen any tine soon unfortunately.

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